Crop protection

US (WV): Boxwood blight detected at residential, commercial landscapes

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has detected boxwood blight at several residential and commercial landscapes throughout West Virginia. Boxwood blight was…

Darren Tongue, OMEX

Summer horticulture tips: Tackling Mildew and Blight

OMEX’s Darren Tongue takes a look at how Mildew and Blight affect your plant growth, and how to tackle the issue: “Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that affects a wide range…

US: New changes in OHP Pedestal Insecticide

There are some key changes upcoming with OHP’s Pedestal Insecticide , an insect growth regulator against Thrips and other pests. Effective immediately, any new Pedestal…

Poinsettias: To spray or not to spray, that is the question

'Tis poinsettia sticking season once again, and the question always comes down to the same thing: do I use chemicals to control Bemisia whitefly and hope it works this year? Or do I switch to biological control? In this article, Sarah Jandricic, Greenhouse Floriculture IPM Specialist, OMAFRA, shows some…

"Illegal plant protection substances found in Poland"

After two months of investigation, the services in Poland have detected a record number of 92,000 kilos of illegal plant protection substances, which is three times more than a year earlier. The investigation was the third common operation of Polish services with Europol and the fourth general European…

First report of Xylella fastidiosa in Israel

The NPPO of Israel recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Xylella fastidiosa (EPPO A2 List) on its territory. During a survey carried out in 2017-2018, a few symptomatic almond (Prunus dulcis) trees were discovered and subsequently eradicated. More recently, symptomatic almond…

Ethiopia: 261 trained at Sher Afriflora

Dudutech Ethiopia and the Dudutech Training Department joined forces to roll out a training programme for Sher Afriflora, spanning 261 employees and three of their farms in Ethiopia. The core focus of the training was geared towards raising basic IPM awareness among the participants, including over 60 at…

Remote application of insecticide in greenhouses becoming more popular in Turkey

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture Agricultural Research and Policies General Directorate (TAGEM) has developed a remote automatic insecticide dispenser machine to be used in greenhouses in order to minimize the overuse of chemicals and to reduce the exposure of agricultural workers to these chemicals.…

Dame Helen Mirren warns against the dangers of xylella

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed her Italian olive grove at the home where she spends four months a year is under threat from a deadly plant disease as she warns British…

UK: Walberton’s Crop Protection Team back up to full strength

After a few years of high staff turnover in the area of Crop Protection, Walberton Nursery’s Technical Department are now in a very strong position. Crop Protection is a very specialist area and finding staff to fill these positions can often be difficult. Following the appointments of Paul Dyer…

Kenya: KEPHIS in drive to secure international horticultural markets through management of quarantine pests

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is working with over 200 horticultural produce exporters to the European Union (EU) and Australian markets to formulate…

Microbial insecticide gets new formulation

OHP announces a key formulation change to its Ancora Microbial Insecticide, designed to make spray applications easier in a greenhouse and nursery. OMRI listed and approved for organic production, Ancora contains a naturally-occurring fungus that infects both foliar and soil-dwelling pests such as…

Vestaron raises $40 million in Series B Financing

Vestaron announces its $40 million Series B Financing, led by Novo Holdings A/S. Novo Holdings joins continuing investors Anterra Capital, Cultivian Sandbox, Open Prairie…

SCEPTREplus trials

Tackling rust in ornamental plants and plums

In two SCEPTREplus trials across plum and ornam ental plants this year, a range of plant protection products (PPPs) will be screened for efficacy against rust. Some actives aim to prevent rust spores from germinating, whilst others trigger the plant’s defences, priming it for an attack. Ornamental plants…

UK: Shortlist announced for The Biopesticide Awards 2019

Bionema Limited in conjunction with Swansea University are hosting the inaugural Biopesticide Summit on 2-3 July 2019 to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to…

Impacts and residual longevity of systemic insecticides on pollinators in ornamental plant production system

Floriculture professionals value the importance of flowers to human well-being and seek sustainable production systems that enhance the environment and preserve habitat for bees, birds and other wildlife. Over the last few years, there has been the perception that the use of Neonic pesticides at any…

Root disease profile: Thielaviopsis

Thielaviopsis root rot, caused by the fungal pathogen Thielaviopsis basicola, can occur in over 150 species of greenhouse and perennial crops, including astilbe, begonia, calla lilies, calibrachoa, cyclamen, fuchsia, gaillardia, geranium, gerbera, kalanchoe, lupine, pansy, penstemon, peony, petunia,…

Research shows perennial flower strips in orchards help with pest control

Researchers have published a study in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment that shows planting strips of perennial flowers between orchard rows can help with pest control. Trials in seven European countries showed higher numbers of natural enemies in orchards with perennial flower strips, and they…

HTA at Scotland’s Plant Health Conference

The Horticultural Trades Association were delighted to support Scotland’s Plant Health Conference that took place in Edinburgh on the 28 May. Professor Gerry Saddler, Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland and Head of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), welcomed delegates to the…

Daisies trick aphids with natural aphid alarm pheromone

A daisy species has developed a natural mimicry defence against aphids by producing an alarm pheromone that triggers a flight response in the insects. The very same pheromone attracts ladybirds, looking for aphid prey s that aren't actually there. For the daisies, it's a doubly effective form of…

Expoflores reacts to study that blames industry for hypertension in children living near flower crops

"It doesn't really specify how the pesticides are reaching children"

In a recent published study (May 21), researchers of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine claim that they have found higher blood pressure and pesticide exposure in children (living near flower crops in Ecuador) associated with a heightened spraying of crop protection products during…

Plant health experts gather to strengthen Scotland’s resilience

An online, user-friendly plant health information resource will be launched at Scotland's first-ever Plant Health Conference, which is set to gather representatives from industry, public bodies, government and scientists, all around the common theme of how best to preserve Scotland's plant-based…

UK: Bugspittle to determine information on a deadly plant disease in the UK

Scientists in the UK are hiring thousands of volunteers to document spittle from spittlebugs across the country. Reports suggest the findings will help to map the sightings of the insect across UK and also help in the strike against Xylella, a deadly plant disease. Xylella fastidiosa first arrived six…

New mutations for herbicide resistance rarer than expected

After exposing more than 70 million grain amaranth seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant. Though preliminary, the findings suggest that the mutation rate in amaranth is very low, and that low-level herbicide application contributes little…

Timing of Configure application affects pot fill of Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the herbaceous perennial crops that is very responsive to Configure (BA, Fine Americas, Inc.) applications. Early applications can improve plant branching resulting in improved pot fill early in the crop cycle. This video shows research results from Virginia Tech on the effect of…

CAN (ON): A new biological tool to tackle Japanese Beetle

It’s almost that time of year again – time for Japanese beetles to begin their flight and make exporting ornamental plants from Ontario more difficult. But this year, growers…

UK: One hundred Plant Healthy self-assessments completed

One hundred businesses have now completed the Plant Healthy self-assessment checklist. Each of these businesses have received a free report to help improve their plant health…

US (MI): Botrytis control tips for greenhouse ornamentals

This spring’s overcast and cool weather has favored the fungus Botrytis cinerea, which causes a gray mold on many greenhouse ornamentals. Recognizing the problem isn’t difficult. Common disease symptoms include leaf spots and blight, and stem cankers. Botrytis’ calling card includes the large masses of…

US (FL): Study finds more funding is needed for battling invasive plants

For decades, Florida communities have battled invasive plants on land and water. These plants disrupt native ecosystems and livelihoods, and more arrive each year. Now a new…

US (GA): Student develops AI app to diagnose plant diseases

For some, a rose is a symbol of beauty or love. For Shaza Mehdi, it is a connection to her mother, but also a gateway to innovation. Mehdi’s mother, Afshin, grows rose bushes at their Lawrenceville home. But a few years ago, the plants kept getting diseases, ruining the blooms. Mehdi tried diagnosing the…

US: Reynolda Gardens partners with Spring Meadow Nursery in response to boxwood blight

The boxwood blight that is wiping out generations-old plants across the southeast, hit Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Gardens in the fall of 2018, prompting experts to connect with Spring Meadow Nursery, growers of Proven Winners ColorChoice shrub liners, to identify a boxwood replacement that is both…

What is causing the blistering on my leaves?

Edema (oedema) and intumescence are physiological disorders that cause outward blistering and bumpy growth to form on leaves, petioles, and sometimes stems. Recent weather conditions in Michigan are suspected to have caused an increase in reports of edema. Michigan had a week of sunny, warm, spring-like…

Celebrating Ontario's bees and beekeepers on World Bee Day

Ontario's government is celebrating World Bee Day by recognizing the important contribution that managed honey bees, wild bees and beekeepers make to the province's economy and environment. Ontario's pollinators generate more than $1 billion in value to Ontario's agricultural crops each year, about 15…

Five things you might not know about the (bumble)bee

While everyone knows and enjoys the work of the honeybee, there is still a lot to discover about its larger family. Mainly the bumblebee deserves more recognition, for all the wonderful things it does. Davy Luyten, Business Development Director at Biobest reveals 5 important and amazing facts you…

Cyclamen mites and Botrytis on New Guinea impatiens

Cyclamen mites were observed on New Guinea impatiens at the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab. The mite feeding damage also served as an ingress for Botrytis, which became established and compounded the injury to the plants. Populations of cyclamen mites are increased by high relative humidity and…

"Spray plant all the way to the root collar"

The defoliating Duponchelia caterpillar can be a real pest. A half-devoured crop leads to irrevocable economic losses. Luckily, the caterpillars can be effectively controlled using Delfin. Last year, the first experiences with this new insecticide were gained. Biobest advisor Stefan Bohté explains to…

How one fern can soak up so much arsenic – and not die

Arsenic-contaminated soil and groundwater pose risks to millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Cleaning up the toxic metal is a laborious and expensive process, with some remediations of arsenic reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars. A fern – Pteris vittata, also…

Investing in smarter scouting

Although the processes of manually scouting crops is very important, it is time-consuming and error-sensitive. That is why Koppert is developing the scout-app, which will automatically identify and count the pests on sticky traps. This will utilize smart technology such as image recognition powered by machine learning, which…

Xylella update: still no cure, control measures crucial

EFSA has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in the EU. Controlling the threat EFSA’s Plant Health…

Ted McDonald joins BioWorks as Director of Sales

Ted McDonald has been named Director of Sales, Biological Products, at BioWorks. In his new position, Mr. McDonald will be responsible for managing the BioWorks Biological Products sales organization and growing the BioWorks family of products, services and programs to support its customers in the United…

Aad Verkade, Pritec Techniek en Montage:

"More growers are taking preventive measures"

ToBRFV in tomatoes and peppers, ralstonia in roses: the disease pressure is increasing. Especially when no ways have been found yet to nip the virus in the bud, it is of great importance to minimize the risk of infection. Disinfect hands and feet That is why growers nowadays increasingly place a…

Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion in Roundup case

An Alameda jury in the case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Company returned a verdict of $2.055 billion in favor of a husband and wife with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ordering…

US: Marrone Bio Innovations appoints new sales managers

Marrone Bio Innovations has appointed John Driver as U.S. Great Lakes Territory Sales Manager, and Loys E. Hawkins as U.S. Western Cascades Territory Sales Manager. John brings over 19 years of agriculture technology and portfolio sales experience to Marrone Bio, having been in a number of business sales…

June 18-19, Stoneleigh Park

UK: Vine Weevil Seeka showcased at HTA National Plant Show

ICL will be using next month's HTA National Plant Show to highlight its new one-stop-shop for Black Vine Weevil control and to showcase Seeka − its new range of beneficial nematodes. (Stand 233). “Vine Weevil Seeka, powered by BASF technology, is the catalyst behind this new initiative,” explains ICL’s…

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers gain ground in rose rosette battle

A comprehensive national effort among 30 industry and academic entities led by Texas A&M is gaining ground in the battle against rose rosette. The disease has claimed an estimated $40-$50 million in rose industry losses alongside thousands of jobs, researchers said. The team has tracked the disease…

US: APHIS willing to simplify carnation import from Kenya

APHIS proposes to make changes to the import requirements in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plants for Planting Manual for imports of Dianthus spp. (carnation) cuttings from Kenya. Currently, Dianthus spp. cuttings from Kenya require mandatory postentry quarantine within the United States. The…

New Zealand: First confirmed myrtle rust case on West Coast

Myrtle rust has been detected for the first time on the West Coast on a young pōhutukawa plant, Biosecurity New Zealand (a branch of the Ministry for Primary Industries) confirmed. Biosecurity New Zealand was notified of the potential find on a commercial property in Greymouth. Investigations have…

US (AK): High diversity of Botrytis in peony

Genus Botrytis contains approximately 35 species, many of which are economically-important and globally-distributed plant pathogens which collectively infect over 1,400 plant species. Recent efforts to genetically characterize genus Botrytis have revealed new species on diverse host crops around the…

Spain: New biocontrol biomanufacturing plant in Almeria

In January, Bioline Agrosciences and the company Biocolor (Spain) announced the creation of a new company “Bioline Iberia”. On Tuesday, 7 May, 2019, this collaboration strengthened with the official inauguration of a new "Biomanufacturing Plant" in El Ejido, a few kilometres from Almeria, attended by the…

US: ARS entomologists publish guides on latest research tools

Entomologists have developed a variety of tools to study insects. They have flight mills where insects are tethered to a rotating arm, so they can monitor the insect’s flight speed and duration. They've developed specialized techniques for marking insects with proteins to track their movements, diets and…

US: New options for aphid management

We’re employing beneficial insects and mites more than ever, but somehow the suggestion to sell aphid-infested plants as ‘ladybug-ready’ hasn’t been widely embraced. by Dan Gilrein It appears for the time being that growers will need to control aphids prior to sale and if the natural enemies released…

June 19, New Haven

US (CT): Greenhouse Biological Control Conference

UConn Extension is sponsoring a Greenhouse Biological Control Conference. This one-day educational program will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Jones Auditorium, The Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, New Haven, CT. The speakers featured at this educational program include: Ron…

Iron chlorosis: Exploring the possibilities

In greenhouse production, upper leaf interveinal chlorosis (yellowing) occurs quite often. While these symptoms may be unsightly, they are easily remedied. Initial symptoms appear as a light green to yellow coloration of the new upper leaves, progress to a more pronounced interveinal chlorosis , and…

Phytotoxicity on geraniums

Given that we’ve seen a few samples of geranium with phytotoxicity due to Kontos (a.i. spirotetramat) applications, it seems like a good time for a reminder that Kontosshould not be used on geranium and a reminder to carefully read all pesticides labels before use. by Nora Catlin - nora.catlin@cornell.edu We’ve seen injury to…

US: Keeping invasive pests out of the country

Safeguarding our Nation’s agriculture and natural resources against harmful plant pests is an awesome responsibility, one my agency—USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service—takes very seriously. Thanks to our employees, cooperators, and partners, the United States has one of the most robust…

EU: List of host plants found susceptible to Xylella fastidiosa updated

On 11 April 2019, the EC DG Health and Food Safety released the 12th update of the Commission database of host plants found to be susceptible to Xylella fastidiosa in the Union Territory . The total number has risen up to 87 host plant species, respectively, of the X. fastidiosa subspecies multiplex…

UK: Retirement calls for crop protection figure Vivian Powell

Vivian Powell (Viv), who has led the AHDB programme to deliver authorisations for plant protection products for the horticulture industry for nearly 20 years, has retired. Having secured nearly 2,000 applications for Minor Use approvals since 1995, Viv leaves a legacy that directly impacts most UK…

"Better quality Sanguisorba and Celosia"

From now on, ‘Florissant 810’ and ‘Florissant 830’ are officially allowed by the Dutch auctions to use as a post-harvest treatment for Sanguisorba. Thoroughly tested The past…

"The buzz about bumble bees isn’t good"

While many scientists are focused on the decline of honey bees, relatively few study bumble bees. The good news is that a new study provides an estimate on bumble bee population and distributions across Michigan in the past century. The bad news is that these results are dramatically low, and they mirror…

New chemical tool to block endocytosis in plants identified

Plant cells absorb many important substances through a process called endocytosis. In plants, endocytosis is essential for nutrient uptake, passing on cellular signals and plant-microbe interactions. However, the vital nature of endocytosis makes it challenging to study using methods from classical…

Public urged not to bring plant pests and disease into the UK

The UK is blessed with a diverse range of plants and trees. Yet the threat to the health of plants and trees from pests and diseases is real and increasing. The ‘Don’t Risk…

How flowers belong to US graduation traditions

In May and June, Graduation is celebrated in the US and flowers cannot be missed out in the traditions. They are used in the corsage or boutonnière that are given to the graduate prior to the graduation ceremony and bouquets, among other gifts, are given afterwards. Also at the graduation parties flowers…

Thrips: The best solution against this pest is not to have the pest

The western flower thrips (frankliniella occidentalis) or thrips, are a very dangerous pest for greenhouse growers as they are vectors of viruses. These insects are very thin and sneaky, and once they have entered the greenhouse, the expense in products to control the pathogen and crop losses can be…

US (PA): Deadly plant virus wipes out public rose garden

The City of Allentown Parks Department is contending with a deadly plant virus infesting the Allentown Rose Garden along Cedar Creek Parkway. The department has been forced to remove hundreds and hundreds of the park's rose plants due to the disease. The rose garden maintenance staff realized something…

Vestaron hires Field Development Biologist

Daniel Peck, Ph.D., is the most recent team member to join Vestaron Corp. As a Field Development Biologist, Peck began orientation by meeting the R&D team in Kalamazoo the…

US: Aquatic plant species prohibited from sale in Michigan

There are currently 18 aquatic plant species that are prohibited from sale in Michigan as they pose a threat to the local ecosystem. by Heidi Lindberg In “ Registration now required to sell live non-native aquatic plants ,” I covered the new law by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that all…

Perennial lupine: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV)

Perennial lupine (Lupinuspolyphyllus) with stunting, dark green mottling, and necrotic concentric rings were observed. A new e-GRO Alert describes and provides photos of symptoms caused by tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) on perennial lupine. To diagnose TSWV, use a diagnostic test or submit plant…

Where do thrips come from?

Thrips are a common insect pest that most growers have had difficulty controlling due to their small size and ability to hide in plant parts. Although this is not an insect associated with growing media, most species of thrips spend part of their life cycle in the growing medium or soil. Thus, the question arises whether they…

UK: DCF funds Studentship to tackle Agapanthus pest

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is funding a studentship for undergraduates, as part of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. DCF worked with RBS to select one of nine projects put forward by plant scientists that address major plant…

Demonstration trial Gerbera cultivation with Mainspring

"Less water, better results"

A higher water volume does not always give better results, according to a spray technique test on 12 March for Gerbera cultivation in combination with Mainspring - an insecticide for land-based ornamental plants. The result: spraying with less water often gives similar or better results. Gerbera jamesonii Cartwheel Strawberry…

Australia: Pest of the Month - Strawberry tortrix moth

An exotic species, not found in Australia, strawberry tortrix moth is mainly a pest of species from the family Rosaceae and is present in the USA, Canada, Europe and northern Asia, the Mediterranean Basin and South-East Asia. Hosts include strawberry, hawthorn, Malus spp., cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.),…

TerraLink to distribute Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in Western Canada

Marrone Bio Innovations announces distribution partnership in Western Canada

Marrone Bio Innovations has appointed TerraLink as a distributor of the Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in Western Canada. TerraLink has been a supplier of crop input products to…

Kenya: Pest control to boost yields without EU residue risk

Dudutech has announced the launch in Kenya of NEMguard SC to control the country’s most financially damaging crop pest with zero risk of triggering crop rejections by European…

This British orchid is under guard in a secret location

For a few weeks each spring, a lone guard monitors the moors of northern England. This warden pitches a tent in a remote field to watch over a prize so rare that collectors have been known to break laws, trek into deep jungles, and risk capture by guerillas in its pursuit. The object? A single lady’s…

A troublesome leafhopper, and a few (other) thrips

Several years ago a greenhouse grower called to ask about a leafhopper damaging rosemary grown for spring sales. Thanks to help from partners at the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services the culprit was identified as sage leafhopper, Eupteryx melissae. Since then I have had several…

US (MI): Spring is in full swing

Spring is in full swing at the greenhouses in Michigan. Easter lily growers wrapped up moving lilies to coolers or shipping them late last week. Spring bedding plants are coming into full color. After a slow start early in January due to delayed vegetative cuttings or plugs/liners, growers are catching up to their production…

Resistosome illuminates plant disease resistance mechanisms

Like animals, plants possess an immune system to fight off invading parasites. Unlike vertebrates that possess both adaptive immunity and innate immunity, plants solely rely on innate immunity, which deploys immune receptors to detect molecules derived from parasites and activate defenses. Plant innate…

Intumescence on Black-eyed Susan vine

Clusters of green to white or tan wart-like bumps or lesions were recently observed among veins and petioles of black-eyed Susan vine liners. These abnormalities growing on the leaf and petiole surfaces is a physiological disorder, intumescence. by W. Garrett Owen - wgowen@msu.edu During a recent…

US (HI): Experts scramble to figure out what’s killing a popular tropical plant

Frustrated Oahu farmers are pleading for help in their attempt to figure out what’s killing off their ornamental ginger crops. The plants are popular for landscaping and floral displays, and concerned growers have been reaching out to experts at the University of Hawaii for about 5 years as they try to…

Italy: Pilot project to relaunch economy of Xylella-affected area

The ACLI Racale Cooperative, a partner of the POnTE Project, presented the first phase of the Pilot Project “Resilience”, the first technical desk of integrated management in Salento (Apulia, Italy) with the aim of relaunching the rural economy of the area and “reap the benefits” of the production…

US: Thrips, aphids on hanging baskets

Warmer, sunny weather, while generally welcome because of heating reductions and crop development benefits, is bringing on insect populations. Thrips problems continue to be observed in greenhouses. Damaging populations were observed this week on geranium, Vinca vine, peppers and Verbena. Thrips presence…

"Check your roots"

I was recently visiting a greenhouse admiring the health of their begonia plants. The foliage looked healthy and robust. I was sure they would sell quickly at garden centers. Then, as I always do, I pulled a plant from cell pack and looked at the roots. My initial appraisal of the plants' health soon turned. The roots were…

US: Study sheds light on major disease in roses

Agricultural Research Service ( ARS ) scientists in Beltsville, Maryland and their colleagues have discovered why a mite is causing extensive damages to the nation’s $250-million-a-year rose industry and why it’s so hard to detect and control. It seems the mite hides deep in the flower’s internal organs.…

"Keep an eye on substrate pH for iron inefficient crop species"

Popular species such as petunia, calibrachoa, gerbera, snapdragon, pansy, nemesia, bacopa, verbena, vinca, and dahlia are inefficient in taking up iron (Fe) at high pH. The optimal substrate pH value for these crops is between 5.8 and 6.2. At substrate pH values above this range, iron and other…

Tackling the puzzle of downy mildew & botrytis management in roses

To the typical farmer, the onset of rains signifies a new crop season, while for the rose grower, seasonality is primarily market-driven. Rainfall is also necessary to replenish the much-required water sources like rivers, lakes and other reservoirs. Despite the good fortunes that come with the rains,…

"This product is a great tool in the fight against botrytis"

This past fall and winter produced great conditions for the development of botrytis on greenhouse crops. Based on information from OHP and others, and an application last spring, Jim Stepp, production manager at Van Wingerden International, decided to apply Astun Ornamental Fungicide to more crops. “We…

Videos: How to use biological crop protection

The popularity of Koppert Biological Systems’ ‘how-to-use’ videos which visually illustrate how each product is applied to solve a problem in the greenhouse or field, has motivated the company to produce more than 45 product instruction videos. The ‘how-to’ videos can be found on YouTube.…

Hortival Diffusion, France, on shading products Sudlac

"It helps our plants to thrive"

With 300 hectares and more than 250 employees, Hortival Diffusion (Minier nursery) is one of France’s biggest nurseries and one of the top 10 European nurseries. For 180 years, the family-owned company steadily expanded until it was bought out in 1997 by the French group Terrena. The company is known to the general public for…

New Zealand: Where myrtle rust has been found

Myrtle rust continues to be an issue in New Zealand. 988 infected properties have been reported since May 2017. Northland - There are 41 sites/properties in Northland with confirmed infection. Most of these are in Kerikeri. Taranaki - There are 288 sites/properties in Taranaki with confirmed infection.…

One-stop-shop for Vine Weevil control in the UK

The launch of ICL’s new Seeka range of beneficial nematodes in the UK is the catalyst behind the company’s new one-stop-shop for Black Vine Weevil control - offering a programmed IPM approach to controlling this potentially devastating pest. Supplementing ICL’s conventional chemical pesticides range,…

"40% more predatory mites compared to regular sachets"

Biobest’s Swirskii-Long-Life-System has just got an upgrade due to its improved sachet formulation. The number of predatory Amblyseius (Typholodromips) swirskii mites per Long-Life sachet has been boosted from 150 to 250. “Widely used as a key beneficial in sweet pepper, cucumber, aubergine, strawberry…

Judge finds ex-employee not responsible

Grower holds ex-employee accountable for an unsellable harvest after three years

Knowingly spraying with unchecked pesticides right before harvest, leading to the entire berry harvest becoming unsellable which resulted in over 75,000 euros in damages. This…


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